Facebook seems like testing iMessage-like reactions in Messenger, including the first time a Dislike option. Here are the details.
In brief, the Facebook Messenger’s new feature gives its users the opportunity to “react” to incoming messages within its instant messaging service. Currently only in testing for a small subset of users across the Facebook Messenger web application, this said feature allows users to react to messages in a similar manner to ‘Tapback’ feature which Apple added to its own Messages app for iMessages as part of iOS 10 last fall or the option Slack has offered as part of its workplace social network for quite a while now.
Facebook is apparently testing a similar feature in its Messenger app. The new reactions feature within Facebook Messenger is somewhat same to the expanded reactions that are already available in response to post in the Newsfeed.
Difference between the reactions available in Messenger compared to the Newsfeed, however, is the inclusion of a Dislike button. One of the most-requested features for Facebook, but the company has routinely said it would not add a Dislike button for Newsfeed posts.
To remind, Facebook brought Reactions to the Facebook website and users’ News Feed last year, and it was a matter of time until the same feature made its way to other parts of the Facebook court.
With most interesting angle here though, is that new Dislike option. Facebook fans have long wanted the chance to dislike something on the main website, but the social network has been steadfast in its refusal to offer it. Not only Facebook users, but the WhatsApp buyer itself believes that the option to dislike in Messenger makes plenty of sense, with the team behind the service trust that it gives users a quick action pint and an easy way to say no to something.
Facebook explained that in Messenger, it sees the Dislike button as more of a way to say “No” to something: “It says people often use Messenger for planning and coordination, and it’s experimenting to see if reactions are helpful for quick logistics and voting.”
In order to add a reaction to a Messenger reply, you will simply need to hover the message and choose from the list of available options. From there, you’ll see your reaction and a total count of how many reactions that message got. If and if this same feature of Facebook Reactions met with a positive response, the social giant says that it will expand it to all users and presumably to all platforms, like iOS.
It’s unclear at the moment whether Facebook will roll Reactions out to the larger Messenger audience, but the company says that it will re-evaluate based on user feedback.
“We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.” That means not everyone has access now, but if people enjoy it, Messenger Reactions could roll out to all users.
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